Sunderland midfielder helps England get off to winning start at Toulon Tournament

Elliot Embleton in action for Sunderland
Elliot Embleton in action for Sunderland
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Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton helped England Under-20s get off to a winning start in the Toulon Tournament.

Embleton started as defending champions England opened their Toulon Tournament campaign with a 1-0 win over Angola.

Chelsea's Ike Ugbo headed in the winner just after half-time to send the holders top of Group A in France.

England won the tournament under Gareth Southgate last year but the squad is a mix of ages this term with the Under-20 World Cup currently under way in South Korea and the Under-21 squad preparing for Euro 2017.

England Under-18s boss Neil Dewsnip is in charge and watched as striker Ugbo, who helped Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup this season, grabbed the winner a minute after the break.

Embleton is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore who won the tournament last summer.

Victory over the French in the final last year saw England lift the Toulon trophy for the first time in 22 years.

Embleton said: "I’m very happy to be selected for such a big tournament.

"I’m looking to get experience from the tournament and hopefully end the season on a high note and win it.

"It is a high standard environment, that’s what comes with international football, obviously those two (Pickford and Watmore) play Premier League football."

"Some of the best players in the game have played in this tournament, the likes of Zinedine Zindane and Cristiano Ronaldo so again that just shows the standard of the competition."

England also face Cuba on Thursday and Japan on Sunday. The pair drew 1-1 in the opening game on Monday.